Jessica Jones has what you need

Krysten Ritter (photo by Myles Aronowitz for Netflix)
Krysten Ritter as Jessica Jones: A hard-drinking private investigator with a superhero problem.

If you are still looking for a reason to subscribe to Netflix, all 13 episodes of “Jessica Jones” is it.

And if you’re already a subscriber, do whatever you do to prep for some serious binge viewing because “Jessica Jones” has it all: Action, romance, intrigue!

Another product from Marvel’s super-hero universe and smartly adapted for television by Melissa Rosenberg, it succeeds on many levels, starting with, as well-crafted series do, the characters.

So who is Jessica Jones and why should you care? I defer to the well-crafted IMDB plot summary for Jessica Jones:

Ever since her short-lived stint as a Super Hero ended in tragedy, Jessica Jones has been rebuilding her personal life and career as a hot-tempered, sardonic private detective…. Plagued by self-loathing, and a wicked case of PTSD, Jessica battles demons from within and without, using her extraordinary abilities as an unlikely champion for those in need… especially if they’re willing to cut her a cheque.

And Ritter’s strong performance is just a tip of the iceberg. Toss in a dose of Carrie-Anne Moss and David Tennant — both with some rather serious issues of their own.

Carrie-Anne Moss, Krysten Ritter (Photo: Myles Aronowitz for Netflix)
Moss: Ally? Trickster? Shapeshifter? Yes, please.

Moss plays a high-powered lawyer — and why wouldn’t she be? — in the midst of a messy divorce from her partner, also well-played by Robin Weigert.

But the real villain is Tennant, whose memorable portrayal of Kilgrave brings a disturbing and sometimes even comic edge to every scene he’s in.

David Tennant (Photo: Myles Aronowitz for Netflix)
Tennant: A man of few, powerful words.

And yet another welcome supporting character is Mike Colter, who you may recognize from his stint as The Good Wife’s Lemond Bishop.

Mike Colter (Photo: Myles Aronowitz for Netflix)
Colter: Calm, cool — and a bit different.

Here Colter is Luke Cage, another memorable role in his stellar career.

Are you in yet? Because Rebecca De Mornay has a stint as a not-so-well-intended stepmom whose few scenes lend quite a bit of insight into Jessica’s past, and that of Jessica’s best friend, Trish (Rachel Taylor).

What works really well is how the subplots, seemingly disconnected, complete a story weave that works on multiple levels. The entire cast is solid. The writing is good. It’s well edited. All in all, well done.

As Tennant’s Kilgrave might say, “Sit. Watch.”

No need for him to add, “Enjoy.”

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